Freemasons donate £6000 to Age Connects Cardiff

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Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale is to receive a £6,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following a public vote.

The charity was one of eight to be nominated by Freemasons in south Wales, with local people voting to decide the level of their award. They were part of 178,801 people who voted across England and Wales.

The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of awards from £4,000 to £25,000.

Jeff Hawkins, chief executive at Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale said: “The grant of £6,000 which we have been awarded following the public vote is hugely important. We are very grateful to all of our friends who took the trouble to support us.

“We plan to use this money to support our Senior Health Shop in Barry to continue to deliver a drop-in café and information point. This project has now been in existence for 25 years. Older people come to the Senior Health Shop to socialise, join in activities and to seek information.

“People visiting the shop often comment on it being a wonderful place to meet friends and stay part of the community.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons, their families and friends.

RWBro Gareth Jones, OBE from South Wales Freemasons said: “We are delighted so many people voted in south Wales. Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale was one of eight charities nominated by local Freemasons and I know they will use their £6,000 grant to continue with their outstanding work.”

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